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German government official previews cannabis legalization plan details

The new coalition government of Germany is unveiling some initial details about its cannabis legalization plan, even if the reform is taking a back seat to efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to being sworn in late last year, the so-called traffic light coalition announced that legalization would be a priority and laid out an agreement on the issue. Now, a top government official is providing some information about the pending proposal.

There are the basics: the government wants adults to be able to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed facilities. Those could be pharmacies, but lawmakers “may also continue to draw the circle” to expand where cannabis could be purchased.

Because there will be a sales component, Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) told the German Press Agency that “there must also be producers who are allowed to grow and sell it legally,” signaling that the coalition is developing a licensing structure for different aspects of the market.

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